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Birth name:Angie Dickinson.
Born:September 30, 1931 Kulm,North Dakota,USA.
Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm - 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, CA. In December of 1946, when Angie was a senior at Bellamarine Jefferson High School in Burbank she won the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights Contest in that community. Two years later her sister Janet did likewise. Being the daughter of a printer, Angie at first had visions of becoming a writer but gave this up after winning her first beauty contest. After finishing college she worked as a secretary for Burbank Airplane parts Factory for 3 1/2 years. In 1953, she entered the local Miss America contest one day before the deadline and took 2nd. In August of the same year she was one of five winners in a beauty contest sponsored by NBC and appeared in several TV variety shows. She got her first bit part in a Warner Brothers movie in 1954 and gained television fame in the millionaire series in 1956. Her success then spiraled until she became one of the nation's top movie stars.
Dickinson, the second of three daughters, was born Angeline Brown in Kulm, North Dakota, to Frederica and Leo H. Brown, who was a small-town newspaper publisher and editor. Dickinson's first job was selling Hershey's Kisses for five cents, so her sisters could buy ice cream cones. In 1942, her family moved to Burbank, California. She graduated from Bellamarine Jefferson High School in 1947, at 15 years of age. The previous year, she won the Sixth Annual Bill of Rights essay contest. She studied at Glendale Community College and in 1954 graduated from Immaculate Heart College with a degree in business. Taking a cue from her publisher father, she originally intended to be a writer. While a student, 1950-52, she worked as a secretary at the Burbank Airport (now Bob Hope Airport) and in a parts factory.
She eventually, albeit reluctantly, became a notable Hollywood sex symbol. She also starred in B-movies early on, mostly westerns, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) co-starring onscreen with actor James Garner, which earned her more respect from the industry. It was another western that propelled her into Hollywood's A-list, Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo (1959), in which she played a flirtatious gambler named Feathers who is almost locked up by the town sheriff played by her childhood idol John Wayne. The film co-starred Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan. When Hawks sold his personal contract with her to a major studio without her knowledge, she was understandably peeved and her hopes that the legendary director would mould her into the next Lauren Bacall seemed dashed.
In The Killers, a film originally intended to be the very first made-for-TV movie but sent to the theatres due to its violent content, Angie is slapped by a villainous boyfriend, played by future U.S. President Ronald Reagan in his last movie role. (Dickinson was also rumored to have been romantically involved with John F. Kennedy at one time, thereby providing two intriguing connections to American presidents). She also co-starred in the so-so comedy The Art of Love (1965), in which she plays the love interest of both James Garner and Dick Van Dyke.
Co-starring on the show was a familiar actor, Earl Holliman (who replaced Bert Convy, who had portrayed Crowley in the pilot episode), as Sgt. Anderson's half-Italian commanding officer and long-time friend, Sergeant Bill Crowley, and then unknown-stars, Ed Bernard and Charles Dierkop as Investigators Joe Styles and Pete Royster, respectively... On the first day of shooting, both Dickinson and Holliman realized the chemistry between the two worked very well, and the writers quickly began writing to this. (The obvious connection of her character's name, 'Sergeant Pepper,' to the legendary Beatles album went unacknowledged.)
By the end of its fourth season in 1978, Police Woman had by far its most difficult year, with the ratings dropping due to increasing schedule changes by NBC and a level of crispness mostly missing from the program--it was now far from the dynamic, focused, trendsetting series it had been in 1974-1975. The scripts lacked the intelligence they had at the outset; rote direction replaced the formerly taut, even cinematic, style.
Subsequently, NBC decided to cancel the series after four seasons and 91 episodes. But by all accounts, Dickinson enjoyed playing the alluring cop on one of television's most influential cop shows ever, and will likely always be fondly remembered for it. (The same year the show came to an end, she reprised her Pepper Anderson role on the television special, Ringo, co-starring with Ringo Starr and John Ritter; she also parodied the part in the 1975 and 1979 Bob Hope Christmas Specials for NBC; she would do the same years later on the 1987 Christmas episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.)
The impact of Police Woman resulted not only in a rash of sexy-but-strong female-driven series (mostly of a more fanciful nature) like Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman during the late-'70s, but Angie Dickinson's show inspired a spate of applications from women for employment to police departments around the country--- the effect was seismic; in recent years, journalists have been surprised by how often the Police Woman series has been referenced when asking long-time female law enforcement officials about what inspired them to join the force.
On the big screen, she reprised her role as Wilma in Big Bad Mama II (1987), and completed the TV movie Kojak: Fatal Flaw, in which she was reunited with Telly Savalas. She co-starred with Willie Nelson and numerous old buddies in the 1988 TV western Once Upon a Texas Train. In 1982, when she was 50 and yet to undergo any surgery, a panel of Hollywood designers and make-up artists ranked her first in a list of Best Female Star Bodies.
Angie was married to Gene Dickinson, a former football player, from 1952 to 1960. She was married to musician/composer Burt Bacharach between 1965 and 1981. After marrying Burt Bacharach, Dickinson put her career on hold, although she still appeared in the occasional picture, such as the western The Last Challenge (1967) with Glenn Ford, and the dreary comedy Some Kind of Nut (1969).
Unsuccessful nominations in the category of Best TV Actress - Drama :
- 1976 - Police Woman
- 1977 - Police Woman
- 1978 - Police Woman